Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

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Molly Peterson is an award-winning environment correspondent at Southern California Public Radio.

Molly has reported, edited, directed programs, and produced stories for NPR and NPR shows including "Day to Day" and KQED's "California Report." She was a contributing producer for Nick Spitzer's weekly music program, "American Routes," and reported for "Living on Earth" in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Prior to joining KPCC, she produced a nationally-distributed radio documentary about New Orleans called "Finding Solid Ground."

A former LA Press Club radio journalist of the year, Molly reported on the faulty pumps installed at New Orleans canals after Hurricane Katrina. That project was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award.

Molly worked for NPR American legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg during the Clinton Impeachment.

She studied international politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an inactive member of the State Bar of California.

Molly was lucky enough to grow up climbing northern California trees and fishing eastern Sierra waters.

Stories by Molly Peterson

Homeowners still trying to get back home following Station Fire

Homeowners burned out by the Station Fire say bureaucracy has slowed their return. It points to the rocky relationship with those who manage fire risk in that area.

Song of the Week, for a hot summer of climate developments

During a season of Arctic melting, summer sweltering, and hearing the mayor of L.A.'s views on native plants, climate change is everywhere. For that, a song.

Scientists critique Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan

Independent scientists commenting on state's Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan say that recommendations from earlier scientists "appear to have been handled inadequately or ignored."

DWP ratepayer advocate recommends shaking up LA's labor politics

In the longer term, LA DWP ratepayer advocate Fred Pickel questioned the utility's efforts to own - not just operate - its power generation. And he said its labor costs are too high.

LA partners up, carves pocket parks out of urban core (Map)

LA has struggled to improve its ratio of park acres to people. Parks are about 14 percent of the city’s footprint, much of it tucked near wealthier neighborhoods.

Water's for fightin', so what are we fighting for, exactly?

California's complex web of water rights adds up to a lot of fact finding in a dispute among users. Facts take time and money. Guess who pays for it?

To catch a thief — of the LADWP's water

Mixing it up with Mammoth in court might send a message to backwoods water thieves the LADWP fears are digging into supplies.

As alternatives dry up, LADWP floods Mammoth with lawsuits

Mammoth Lakes has grown up around Mammoth Creek, and sought permits from regulators to use its water. Now the LADWP argues its rights are superior in two lawsuits.

Why the Ballona Wetlands comment period got extended

Interestingly, they also asked for a public hearing "at a time and a place when interested community members might make their voices heard."

"A Hard Day's Night," by The Beatles, for night firefighting

More firefighting crews will be awake and working when they've got night flights going. So here's a song about a guy who works on the night shift.

New Ballona Wetlands project already tense like old project

The new deadline for public comment on the Ballona Wetlands Restoration Plan is October 23. That's the first thing I learned at the meeting in Marina del Rey this evening.

Ballona Wetlands gets a public meeting tonight

The meeting promises talk of "removing the concrete levees on Ballona Creek to restore river and marsh habitat between Marina del Rey and the Westchester Bluffs..."

Wildlife corridor shows Tujunga not a Wash

Federal and LA County officials are unveiling a newly completed restoration project in San Fernando Valley today. The piece they're standing on is the middle section of a new, grassy, tree-lined, riparian corridor in the Tujunga Wash.

Four fast facts about chromium's slow soak into our waters

Julia Roberts may have put the story of Hinckley and hexavalent chromium on the map, but the chemical's doing its own work to stay there. The Environmental Working Group found chromium 6 in 89 percent of water samples they commissioned across the country.

Chromium 6 lawsuit presses Public Health for new limits

The NRDC says the Department of Public Health should have set a chromium 6 limit 8 years ago. “We think that the timeline estimated by the department is much too slow.”